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The Frederick Community Action Agency has numerous volunteering opportunities for those looking to lend a hand. 

Helping those less fortunate can be some of the most rewarding activities you can find. And Frederick has plenty of volunteering opportunities.

From helping out at downtown’s biggest happy hour, to lending a hand at the rescue mission, it’s not hard to find a way to help out that fits with your interests.

Frederick offers a soup kitchen program through Frederick Community Action Agency and needs volunteers Monday through Friday from 5-7 p.m. to set-up and serve meals and to clean up the dishes and kitchen area after the meal is finished. Weekday volunteers usually sign-up to work the same evening either every week or every other week.

More than 500 volunteers help out at the Frederick Rescue Mission, and need volunteers to help with the serve food, clean the facility, and translate for bilingual guests among other opportunities. Those interested in helping out at the rescue mission can apply on the mission’s website.

The Literacy Council of Frederick County is in need of tutors to work with adults on reading and writing skills.

Those with music interests can teach the art form to underprivileged children through the MusicLink Foundation.

Dog lovers can volunteer to raise future guide dogs for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

The United Way of Frederick County offers several volunteer opportunities through programs such as MLK Day of Service, Stuff the Bus and Summer Serve.

The Downtown Frederick Partnership also seeks volunteers for events like Alive @ Five and their movie night events.

Those looking for volunteer opportunities can visit or websites of the specific organization they want to get involved with.

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Allen Etzler is a city editor at the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at

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